James A. Vargo

Published 6:50 pm Monday, October 16, 2023

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BOYKINS – James Arnold “Bugga” Vargo, 73, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 15, 2023 in Southampton Memorial Hospital. Born in Southampton County, he was a son of the late John Charles Vargo Sr. and Josephine Hasty Vargo. He was also predeceased by a brother, John “Buck” Vargo Jr.; a niece, Angelina V. Harris; his father and mother-in-law, Norman H. and Lona B. Edwards; and a brother-in-law, Frederick R. O’Neal.

Bugga was a 1969 graduate of Franklin High School and a Vietnam Army veteran. He was a retired main

James A. Vargo

tenance supervisor in the particleboard plant at Union Camp Corporation with 26 years of service, worked at Southside Gas and was presently working at Southampton Cutting.

He was a member of the Bronco Rod and Gun Club, the Catholic Club and a former member of Byrum Hunt Club in Suffolk. Bugga was a loving husband, father, brother and a friend to many. He will be greatly missed.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 51 years, Kay Edwards Vargo; a daughter, Kelly Vargo Byers (Adam) of Jarratt; a sister, Mary Vargo O’Neal of Rodanthe, North Carolina; a brother, Thomas E. Vargo of Oriental, North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Gracie K. Vargo; a brother-in-law, Alan C. Edwards (Beverly); numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 in Southampton Memorial Park with Chaplain Joe Bain officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday in Wright Funeral Home and suggests that memorial donations be made to the Bronco Rod and Gun Club, c/o Jayton Lowe, 30354 Sycamore Avenue, Sedley, VA 23878.